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screw pine

n.

[screw (in reference to the spiral whorl formed by the leaves and the pattern of the leaf scars along the trunk and branches, resembling the threads of a screw) + pine.]
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screw pine

n
(Plants) any of various pandanaceous plants of the Old World tropical genus Pandanus, having a spiral mass of pineapple-like leaves and heavy conelike fruits
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screw′ pine`


n.
any tropical Asian tree, shrub, or climbing plant of the family Pandanaceae, having long, narrow, spirally arranged leaves and aerial roots.
[1830–40]
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Noun1.screw pine - any of various Old World tropical palmlike trees having huge prop roots and edible conelike fruits and leaves like pineapple leaves
genus Pandanus - type genus of the Pandanaceae (as screw pines)
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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leaf axils of screw pines), as well as oviposition sites; he also provided morphological description of the species' embryos and froglets.
The forest at this zone is typically composed of trees growing on steep slopes mixed with laurels (Lauraceae) and other small to medium sized trees, and in most locations, the presence of screw pines (Pandanus) and Heterospathe palms.
In this case, he kept the vivid poolside royal poinciana and mature screw pines, and--in a nod to the caustic Gulf of Mexico environment--added beach-friendly plants like dune sunflower, silver buttonwood, Indian hawthorn, carissa, crown of thorns, kalanchoe, and bromeliads in front and back "to add a sculptural quality."